October 2017 Sustainability News

October 2017 Sustainability News

October 31, 2017 – Letter: Opposition growing to Saugatuck development

October 31, 2017 – Holland High launches student engineering pathway

October 30, 2017 – Living Sustainably:  Healthy food sustains healthy living

October 30, 2017 – Community Action House offers Thanksgiving baskets, seeks holiday donations

October 30, 2017 – Corals eat plastic because we’ve made it tasty, study suggests

October 30, 2017 – Home Help: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up

October 30, 2017 – November Climate Summit Will Create a Rule Book. What Will be the US Role?

October 29, 2017 – Michigan Bookshelf: “Of Things Ignored and Unloved”

October 27, 2017 – Climate change could hurt chocolate production

October 27, 2017 – Bill package aims to improve early childhood literacy

October 27, 2017 – PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses

October 27, 2017 – Hope students plan DACA support march

October 27, 2017 – Local farmers prepare for cold weather months

October 27, 2017 – How Our Company Connected Our Strategy to Sustainability Goals

October 27, 2017 – What Big Companies Can Teach Small Business Owners About Sustainability

October 26, 2017 – MSU officially open largest solar power array in North America

October 26, 2017 – Eco-Friendly Paving Revives Park Pathways

October 26, 2017 – IMMIGRATION COALITION ADVOCACY WEEK ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED OCT. 30 – NOV. 7 FOR CAMPUS COMMUNITY

October 26, 2017 – Trump declares opioids a public health emergency

October 25, 2017 – Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children’s Hospital In Puerto Rico

October 25, 2017 – How Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is adapting to climate change’s effects

October 25, 2017 – Michigan Winery and Inn Adopts Energy Efficient Measures for Farm and Table

October 25, 2017 – Hope to host basketball exhibitions to benefit hurricane relief efforts

October 24, 2017 – Controversial Saugatuck development gets approval from planning 

October 24, 2017 – Lake Michigan is now clearer than Lake Superior — but why?

October 24, 2017 – Extreme Weather, Climate Change Costing Taxpayers Billions

October 24, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Childhood obesity is a problem we need to address

October 24, 2017 – Climate Change Is Costing Taxpayers Billions — and It’s Getting Worse

October 24, 2017 – Action on climate change, inspired by an 800-year-old saint

October 23, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Social diversity enhances area’s sustainability

October 23, 2017 – Reclaimed Asphalt Performance ‘At Least Equal’ to Virgin Materials, Says Skanska

October 23, 2017 – EPA cancels talks by 3 agency scientists at Rhode Island event

October 23, 2017 – Holland, Saugatuck schools receive local produce grants

October 23, 2017 – Seeking ‘common ground’ in climate change dialogues

October 23, 2017 – Mexico takes a big step in addressing carbon emissions

October 22, 2017 – Not everyone with a #MeToo is posting their story; here’s why some are refraining

October 22, 2017 – ‘You are not alone’: Domestic violence prevalent in Ottawa County

October 22, 2017 – Kitch-iti-kipi is an enchanting stop on your UP travels

October 21, 2017 – My Take: Greater interest is to protect Saugatuck Dunes property

October 21, 2017 – Sudanese refugee finds home in Holland

October 21, 2017 – CROP Walk donation

October 21, 2017 – Readers to vote for favorite books at HDL’s Readers’ Choice Awards

October 20, 2017 – EERE Success Story—Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans

October 20, 2017 – My Take: Time for Holland to be welkoming to all

October 20, 2017 – This kills more people every year than war, smoking or road accidents

October 20, 2017 – How to add recyclability and sustainability into medtech plastics

October 20, 2017 – Check out local food, artists in action at Arts & Eats tour of Southwest Michigan

October 19, 2017 – Site of Amazon’s HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

October 19, 2017 – Do ‘Sue and Settle’ Policies Work Against Industry? EPA Chief Pruitt Thinks So

October 19, 2017 – Bill would hit Nestle with $20M annual state bottled water tax

October 18, 2017 – The Future of Electric Charging Stations Projected in 4 Simple Maps

October 18, 2017 – Locals air concerns opposition of Saugatuck Dune development

October 18, 2017 – Stabenow introduces bipartisan conservation legislation

October 18, 2017 – Locals air concerns opposition of Saugatuck Dune development

October 18, 2017 – Wolverine’s Decades-Old Toxic Tannery Sludge Dumping Could Lead to Lawsuits

October 18, 2017 – Non-owner occupied Airbnbs now allowed in commercial zones in Holland

October 18, 2017 – Rug Recycling Bill Requiring Carpet Manufacturers to Set Stewardship Programs Passes in CA

October 18, 2017 – Sustainable Packaging Market Growth Driven by Preference, Regulations

October 17, 2017 – The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

October 17, 2017 – Target Commits to New Climate Goals & 100% Renewable Energy

October 17, 2017 – Is Going Paperless Penniless for Corporations?

October 16, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Airport supports sustainable local economy

October 16, 2017 – 5 myths about solar panels, debunked

October 16, 2017 – How to Best Communicate Sustainability?

October 14, 2017 – Holland-area business leaders named to 40 Under 40 list

October 14, 2017 – EPA to clean up Kalamazoo River between Otsego and Plainwell

October 14, 2017 – Ottawa County Parks and Recreation looks forward after busy summer

October 13, 2017 – My Take: Our community, our decision, our fiber

October 13, 2017 – Movie review: New glorious nature documentary shouldn’t be missed

October 13, 2017 – Leaf colors in West Michigan are expected to peak this weekend

October 13, 2017 – Petroleum clean up bill passes the state Senate

October 13, 2017 – Prevalence of invasive stink bugs in Michigan to continue growing, expert says

October 13, 2017 – The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country’s environment

October 12, 2017 – Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denied request to appeal development plan

October 12, 2017 – Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denied request to appeal development plan

October 11, 2017 – Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

October 11, 2017 – Black River students learn food sources in Market Project

October 9, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Three Holland projects are finalists for state energy awards

October 9, 2017 – EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

October 8, 2017 – Hope College featured in Princeton Review’s green colleges

October 7, 2017 – Holland’s Tulip Time earns top honor from World Tulip Summit

October 7, 2017 – Why Musk is pitching solar panels to Puerto Rico even as residents struggle to get clean water

October 6, 2017 – Trump quietly stalls safeguards for dozens of endangered species

October 5, 2017 – Zeeland Christian students get project help from design firm Disher

October 4, 2017 – 5 eco-friendly tips for cleaning your home

October 4, 2017 – 3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home

October 4, 2017 – 7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently

October 3, 2017 – PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability on College Campuses

October 3, 2017 – $240 million Holland Energy Park opens with ribbon cutting

October 3, 2017 – Sharing the road: Safety gear makes cycling safer, but can promote a false sense of security

October 3, 2017 – New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

October 2, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Holland Energy Park: Resource, destination, gateway

October 2, 2017 – Ottawa County to purchase historic home in Bend Area park

October 2, 2017 – Sustainable Sourcing a Key Pillar for Prosperity, Says Tetra Pak

October 1, 2017 –New exhibit looks at the Au Sable River

Living Sustainably: Healthy food sustains healthy living

By Melissa Roessing, Community Action House
Think of the words “food pantry” for a moment. What comes to mind? I’d be really surprised if anyone’s first response was “quality.” People usually think of macaroni and cheese and a place that’s a little dull and drab.

Fresh, locally grown produce is donated on a weekly basis to Community Action House for its food pantry, to promote healthy eating.

We’re in the process of changing that assumption at Community Action House. We are not content to be a pantry that hands out canned food with the hope that people know what to do with it.
One in eight people in West Michigan struggles with food insecurity – meaning that they have unreliable access to healthy food. If you identify with that and you experience the strain of constantly stretching the food budget, you know how tough that is. And if the only way to stretch the food budget is to buy inexpensive, nutrient-void food so at least your family can eat, then that’s what you do. Maybe
you’d rather buy those peaches, but you can buy a lot more ramen noodles for the same price.
When a community acknowledges the dramatic increase of food-related illnesses such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, and proceeds to tell people, “You should eat healthier,” but gives them no options of doing so, what meaningful help is actually being offered?

Melissa Roessing (left) and Deb Ralya showcase some of the bounty of the vegetable section at Community Action House, to promote healthy eating.

Community Action House is seeking to address the issue of healthy eating by offering a full range of choices in our food pantry in the following categories: Protein, dairy, vegetables, fruit, grains and miscellaneous. We’ve formed partnerships with local farms, community gardens, individual gardeners and grocery stores who donate an array of healthy food that we can distribute.
Along with some familiar products, there may be new items on the shelf that customers have never seen before. Therefore, we add recipes and make displays of simple meal ideas to provide new menu options. We host monthly food distributions to help ensure families have a reliable source of food each month. During the summer months, we run a food program called Fresh Fridays. We put out tables of fresh produce every Friday morning, and we always have a crowd of people outside waiting for our doors to open.
We also started an edible landscape this year. Sungold cherry tomatoes and collards decorate the front of the building, just waiting to be harvested by anyone who would enjoy them.
And we’ve worked on “stretching the harvest” this year. When we receive an abundance of fresh produce, we freeze items like bananas and blueberries to share in the winter when we have less produce.
Stop in sometime to see the food pantry and ask how to get involved with helping us feed healthy food to Holland area residents. We have lots of ideas!

 Melissa Roessing is the stabilization services supervisor at Community Action House. She’s loves to inspire others to try kale and relishes her time in the kitchen, cooking healthy food for her family.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme:
Quality of Life: The community, through governmental, religious, business and social organizations, makes decisions that contribute to its own well-being.

ABOUT THIS SERIES:
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

Living Sustainably: Social diversity enhances area’s sustainability

By Alice Jasper, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
As we endeavor to build a sustainable Lakeshore community, we must consider all the elements of sustainability, including social diversity.
When people hear the word “sustainable,” they most typically think of environmental conservation and advocacy. However, when business author John Elkington coined the term “triple bottom line” in 1994 – also referred to as “people, planet, profit” – he maintained that a successful sustainability
framework is contingent on measuring economic, environmental and social impact.

Area students explore themes of diversity and inclusion at a recent Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance workshop.

Environmental and economic outcomes have been easier to measure, and so the social bottom line –the people element – has not been examined to the same degree as those other two legs of the triple bottom line.
As the rate of demographic change continues to climb, it is important that we make intentional strides to genuinely embrace diversity and foster an inclusive community to strengthen our sustainability.
According to the United States Office of Personnel Management, 54 percent of Americans will be people of color by the year 2050. The Lakeshore region is no exception and is presently home to residents of a variety of races, ethnicities, faiths and cultures.
History has demonstrated that differences foster innovation, creativity, broader perspectives and growth. To foster these possibilities on the Lakeshore, we must embrace diversity and inclusion. To do that, we must challenge ourselves to understand the barriers that perpetuate inequities and exclusion.

Several upcoming events offer Lakeshore residents an opportunity to expand their cultural competency:
 The Interfaith Allies group will host “Know Your Muslim Neighbor” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Hope College’s Graves Hall. A cross-section of Muslim panelists will speak about their experiences as Lakeshore community members. This is the first session of a series offering the opportunity for residents to meet neighbors of different faith perspectives.
 The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance will host its next Allies Working for Racial Justice and Environmental Progress meeting at Herrick District Library at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. This grassroots effort promotes equitable West Michigan communities through collaborative efforts in racial equity, gender equity, LGBTQ equity, immigration policy, environmental protection, interfaith relations, and equitable healthcare.
 The Holland Human Relations Commission is accepting nominations for its 2017 Social Justice Awards recognizing individuals and organizations in categories of housing, education, employment and government/community relations. Mail nominations to the city Human Relations Department at City Hall or to hrc@cityofholland.com by Nov. 15.

By promoting social equity, we promote inclusion and a wealth of opportunities for our communities to thrive, attract and retain talent, generate creative strategies for growth, and develop solutions for complex institutional problems.
For more information on these or other events, go to ethnicdiversity.org or follow LEDA on Facebook or Twitter.
 As associate program director at Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance, Alice Jasper integrates equity related research and her passion for community engagement with consulting strategies designed to dismantle systemic racial barriers.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme:
Community & Neighborhood: The places we live and the individuals we interact with support the development of our personalities and perspectives on life. Encouraging vital and effective communities is essential.

ABOUT THIS SERIES
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

Living Sustainably: Airport supports sustainable local economy

By Aaron Thelenwood, West Michigan Regional Airport Authority
The West Michigan Regional Airport has been serving the Holland area for more than 50 years, and 30 years ago this month it became a public facility. Since then, it’s economic impact has been massive.

According to statistics from the MDOT/Aeronautics Division’s 2017 Michigan Aviation Plan report, an estimated $164 million of economic impact to the Holland/Zeeland area can be attributed to direct airport activities each year. Furthermore, 1,690 local jobs are directly related to airport operations, in
addition to an estimated 3,272 jobs supported through airport-related activities such as visitor spending and general air transport, according to the report.
The airport, located off South Washington Avenue in the City of Holland, has evolved from a grass-strip runway to a state-of- the-art facility serving local, regional, national, and international customers.

The West Michigan Regional Airport has about 34,000 incoming and outgoing flights a year, helping drive the economic sustainability of the community.

The airport celebrated the opening of its new Airport Business Center on Oct. 13, 2016, and it is celebrating its 30th year under public ownership this month. Development of the Business Center was identified by the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority as essential to the long-term economic success and viability of the airport. Making the Holland/Zeeland/Park Township area a community of choice for business growth is a key benchmark of positive economic impact within the scope of sustainability.

The West Michigan Regional Airport has helped that growth. It has an estimated 34,000 incoming and outgoing flights annually, including business, freight, and independent charter operations. An estimated 54,975 tons of cargo passes through the airport annually. Additionally, there were 22 charity flights provided to patients through Wings of Mercy over the last year. Wings of Mercy, an airport partner for many years, provides life-giving transportation to patients in need of treatment who otherwise could not afford to fly. The West Michigan Regional Airport is managed by the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority, which is comprised of representatives from three local municipalities: The cities of Holland and Zeeland as well as Park Township.

The airport is supported through a combination of federal, state, and local funding. The local funding is a 0.1 mill property tax in the three communities. For capital projects, the federal share can amount to up to 90 percent of costs, with state and local shares at 5 percent each. Additional revenue is generated through rents and fees charged to airport customers.

Around 95 percent of airport traffic is business related, allowing job creators in this community to remain competitive in a fast-paced world. The airport provides key infrastructure for companies and organizations to operate nationally and internationally while ensuring jobs remain and grow locally.

 Aaron Thelenwood is the assistant manager for the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority and also is the solid waste, recycling, and sustainability coordinator for the City of Holland.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Economic Development: Businesses and the local consumers are driving engines that generate capital for growth and development. We want to be a location of choice for new business and industry.

ABOUT THIS SERIES
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

September 2017 Sustainability News

September 2017 Sustainability News

September 29, 2017 – Part II: Armed with Science, Backed by Law, They are the Voices of the Water

September 29, 2017 – Letter: Elementary conclusions on climate change

September 28, 2017 – Local farmers say apples survived recent heat

September 28, 2017 – Local Favorites: Ah, the crunch of a fresh Michigan apple

September 28, 2017 – Ottawa County works to save monarch butterfly population

September 28, 2017 – Ottawa Food Strategic Plan is now available on the Ottawa Food website

September 28, 2017 – GVSU honey for sale in Holland

September 28, 2017 – Holland Christian crafting diversity and inclusion plan

September 28, 2017 – Palisades Power Plant to continue operations until spring 2022

September 27, 2017 – Water levels coming down in Lake Michigan

September 27, 2017 – Yet another study concludes that global warming is real

September 27, 2017 – Healthcare Wants More Sustainability Strategies, J&J Finds

September 27, 2017 – Seasonal fruit makes for tasty regional cobblers

September 27, 2017 – Four ways to preserve summer tastes from your garden

September 27, 2017 – Nike Introduces Recycled Leather Material for Shoes

September 27, 2017 – Carbon Capture Could Benefit Environment and Boost Industry’s Output, Energy Secretary Says

September 26, 2017 – Holland Christian fourth-graders learn energy efficiency

September 26, 2017 – Smart, kid-friendly options for after-school snacking

September 26, 2017 – 500 gallons of sewer discharged at BPW lift station

September 25, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Fixing four problems at a zero-waste business

September 25, 2017 – We Have Time to Meet Climate Goals, Study Says – but Not for the Reason You Might Think

September 25, 2017 – Hot, isolated, and running out of supplies, parts of Puerto Rico near desperation

September 24, 2017 – Get ready for pea milk. It doesn’t taste like peas and it’s not even green

September 22, 2017 – Plastics Shortages, Price Increases Result from Harvey’s Aftermath

September 24, 2017 – Michigan House bill package would address environmental curriculum, issues in schools

September 23, 2017 – What will be cut next in the over-budgeted Civic Center project?

September 21, 2017 – West Michigan’s new education buildings: student-inspired technology, aesthetic, and sustainability

September 20, 2017 – ROE (Return on Environment) is the new ROI: how sustainability drives business success

September 20, 2017 – Why 2 degrees Celsius more warming limit so important

September 20, 2017 – Climate change puts fish in hot water

September 20, 2017 – Linking the generations with Grandparents Day

September 19, 2017 – Mapping-out climate change impacts on real life

September 19, 2017 – How warm oceans can turn coral reefs into graveyards

September 19, 2017 – Sustainability Gets Greater Focus From US Cotton Industry

September 19, 2017 – EPA May Reconsider Rules for Disposing of Coal Ash, Used in Everyday Products

September 19, 2017 – Holland wins international floral competition

September 18, 2017 – Little Hawks Preschool cuts ribbon on school expansion

September 18, 2017 – LED technology offers bright ideas for saving money

September 18, 2017 – Michigan Small Businesses Save $21 Million Yearly Through Efficiencies

September 17, 2017 – Michigan Trails Week: discover your next outdoor adventure

September 17, 2017 – Holland-area schools see big gains, losses from school choice

September 17, 2017 – Michigan SAT scores slightly increase in second year

September 16, 2017 – Holland Wins in International Competition!

September 15, 2017 – Socially Responsible Investing Takes Clearing a Few Hurdles

September 15, 2017 – Weaver House deck reconstruction begins, legal action may follow

September 15, 2017 – As the climate warms, snakes could slither north

September 13, 2017 – 3 easy DIY STEM projects for kids

September 13, 2017 – How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

September 12, 2017 – 5 food trends impacting what, and how, we eat

September 12, 2017 – Bringing sustainability home is as easy as ABC

September 11, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Water conservation is vital

September 11, 2017 – Organic Agriculture Builds Healthy Soil, Stores More Carbon, Study Says

September 11, 2017 – Trump’s Pick for Ag Department Post Pushes for Sustainable Farming Incentives

September 11, 2017 – In the Wake of Harvey, EPA Critiqued After Decision to Delay Risk Management Plan

September 10, 2017 – With season wrapping up, Lake Michigan waters are testing clean

September 10, 2017 – Lost in Suburbia: Here’s some organic food for thought

September 10, 2017 – Michigan Bookshelf: ‘The Living Great Lakes’

September 10, 2017 – Minority, low-income students struggle on M-STEP

September 10, 2017 – Local businesses prepare for winter months

September 9, 2017 – ‘Booming’ building industry caused Civic Center budget shortfall: consultant

September 8, 2017 – Hope to hold forum on plastic debris in water

September 8, 2017 – Yes: Harvey shows climate change is real

September 8, 2017 – Hope student wins national chemistry award

September 8, 2017 – Even kids can have a role in helping after natural disasters

September 8, 2017 – HOPE CHEMISTRY STUDENT WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH PRESENTATION

September 7, 2017 – League of women voters takes stand on DACA repeal, kicks off new season

September 7, 2017 – Colombia Embracing Sustainable Design at Universidad EAN

September 6, 2017 – Plastic Fibers Are Found in 83% of the World’s Tap Water, a New Study Reveals

September 6, 2017 – New teacher resources aim to help students understand religion’s role in world affairs

September 6, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey Left Massive Amounts of Industrial Pollution in its Wake

September 4, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Workshop focuses on watershed and quality of life

September 3, 2017 – Holland continues to get less funding for low-income programs

September 1, 2017 – DOE Releases 1 Million Barrels of Crude Oil From Emergency Reserve

Living Sustainably: Water conservation is vital

There are few places where it is possible to be more unaware of global water issues than in West Michigan. Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan in a region with ample rainfall and many inland lakes, we are water-rich in comparison to many parts of the world.

Our water abundance is amplified by living in a state surrounded by the Great Lakes, which not only provides us with a near limitless source of fresh water, but also creates the perception: Water is plentiful, so why conserve?

Millions around the world are not nearly so fortunate. Consider the Poor Water Map of the world in which countries are sized according to the proportion of people without reliable access to safe water. (See worldmapper.org for maps of this sort).

The U.S. is virtually non-existent on this map as are countries like Australia and many European countries. This makes sense when you think about it – from where you are as you read this, how far are you from a source of safe drinking water?

Compare the U.S. to the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa or to India or Indonesia, where a large percentage of the people, sometimes upwards of 50 percent, lack access to safe drinking water. “Access” typically means within 1 kilometer (a 10 to 15-minute walk); for many, their water source is much further away.

Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that 884 million people lack even basic clean drinking water service – about one in nine people. Very few of these 884 million people live in the United States; perhaps none live in West Michigan.

Now consider the Water Use Map, which illustrates global water discrepancies from another perspective, showing countries sized according to their proportion of worldwide water use.

Again, compare the U.S. to Sub-Saharan Africa. Americans use about 575 liters per person per day (152 gallons) of water for drinking, basic hygiene, bathing, laundry, and general household use. Those living in many Sub-Saharan countries average around 50 liters per person per day (13.2 gallons); the “typical” American uses more than this each day just to flush the toilet.

The World Health Organization suggests that humans need a minimum 20 liters per person per day (5.3 gallons) for drinking and basic hygiene or a minimum of 50 liters per person per day (13.2 gallons) when including bathing and laundry. Many in the world live below these “water poverty” minimums, while we use more than 10 times this amount.

Water issues are basically local in nature. If I conserve water in Holland, I don’t create more water across the ocean. Nevertheless, our use of water here in West Michigan should be understood within a global context, something that does not come naturally in our region of water abundance.

How often are we motivated by the lack of water elsewhere to limit the length of a shower, think twice about watering the lawn, or minimize the amount of time the faucet runs?

There are good reasons to conserve our local waters that are unrelated to a global comparison. To act locally and globally to address water issues, Google “household water conservation” (local) and “clean water organizations” (global) for ideas.

– Dave Van Wylen is the Dean for Natural and Applied Science at Hope College and on the Advisory Board for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme:

Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

ABOUT THIS SERIES:

Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.